Ranking the 10 Most Ill-Advised Comebacks in Boxing History

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Ranking the 10 Most Ill-Advised Comebacks in Boxing History
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Muhammad Ali was the greatest global sports star of the 20th century. He was a beloved figure who transcended boxing.

So it was brutally painful for fans to watch the punishment he absorbed in his last two comebacks against Larry Holmes and Trevor Berbick. With the serious health problems he's had in the years since his retirement, it's hard not look at the last years of Ali's career with regret.

For the most part, great boxing stars earn the right to stick around the sport for as long as they want. But that doesn't mean it's always a good idea.

It can be embarrassing to be an aging athlete who can no longer return a serve or get around on a fastball. It can be dangerous to be an aging boxer who climbs back into the ring too many times.

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